Although there's plenty of fish in the water, the Bering Sea's biggest fishery won't get too much bigger in 2015.
The federal board charged with setting catch limits agreed to put 3 percent more pollock -- or 1.31 million metric tons -- up for harvest next year.
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council set the limit this weekend during a meeting in Anchorage. The industry stakeholders and regulators on the board were presented with new data, which shows a substantial increase in the biomass of pollock.
The Unalaska Raiders made a strong showing this weekend at two state championship tournaments in Anchorage.
The girls’ volleyball team overcame an early loss against Koliganek to shut out Hooper Bay. The Raiders notched another victory against Kenny Lake, finishing in fourth place overall.
Unalaska has been a strong performer in the 2A Borealis conference over the last few years. The Raiders took second place in 2013 after a hard-fought game against Su Valley. But Su Valley was absent from the state finals this weekend. The championship title went to Klawock.
The Coast Guard cutters Munro and Alex Haley have been helping search for the missing crew of the sunk trawler Oryong 501 in the western Bering Sea. (Credit: Diana Honings/USCG)
The Coast Guard is preparing to pull back from a search effort in the Western Bering Sea, a week after a fishing vessel sank there with dozens of people on board.
Rescuers have found 27 deceased crew members from the South Korean pollock boat since last week. Twenty-six are still missing. Others were rescued just after the Oryong 501 was hit by a wave, flooded and sank.
City council will decide how to move forward in addressing residents’ concerns about affordable housing in Unalaska at their meeting tonight.
At their special session on housing, several councilors expressed support for offering tax abatements for developers and finding ways to lower the cost of utility extensions for new subdivisions.
Tonight, they’ll choose from a list of directions to staff on how to do that -- like finding out the pros and cons of deferring or ending certain property taxes, or setting up a housing website or a forum with government lenders.
An undated photo of the Oryong 501. (via Korea Times)
Rescuers have recovered the bodies of 11 more crew members from a South Korean pollock boat that sank in the Bering Sea on Monday.
The U.S. Coast Guard has been helping Russian officials and good Samaritan fishing vessels look for survivors from the Oryong 501. The trawler was hit by a wave, and sank in Russian waters northwest of St. Matthew Island.